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Tonyprince

Basenotes Dependent
Jan 1, 2007
I recently sent Josh an email asking about the release of Tunis Mills and received a very kind reply today. He said that Tunis Mills has been released under the name, Sova - which I believe was one of his first releases on Etsy. (This link gives a really good interview with Josh.) Josh also stated that he'd sent a sample of Sova which should arrive next week.

So tonight checking my email, I find a link to Sova sent from my Slumberhouse subscription.

Sova (formerly known as Tunis Mills) is now available for sale from Slumberhouse. :laugh:

I just ordered a sample of this as well and I'm really looking forward to trying it. It's a bit confusing, though, that this is apparently both a recreation of his first fragrance (also named Sova) and the latest incarnation of Tunis Mills, but a much less sweet version of it, according to Josh. At any rate, it sounds like it might be great for fall. I looked up several of the notes I wasn't familiar with and many of them have something to do with either tobacco or hay.
 

Fhaoilgeal

Basenotes Junkie
Jun 21, 2011
I looked up several of the notes I wasn't familiar with and many of them have something to do with either tobacco or hay.

I did the same thing. I found the list of notes along with their 'stage names' intriguing.
I wonder how the 'less sweet' version will impact the overall feel of the fragrance, not to mention the use of castoreum starring as The Wolf! :coolold:
 

nashulian

Basenotes Member
Aug 19, 2012
Hi guys, where can I buy these frags in Europe? Could you please recommend me an European online shop which sells Slumberhouse creations ? Thanks!
 

PuddleMonkey

Basenotes Dependent
Nov 21, 2010
Ordered some P&O from P1 yesterday, with the 15% off it was too hard to pass up. With any luck I will reek of pears this weekend.
 

RunSun

Super Member
Oct 12, 2012
Great interview Alfarom! Its awesome that Slumberhouse is getting some attention and I also look forward to Josh's bargain sales whenever they occur as it allows me to get more bottles of his creations.
 

Birdboy48

Basenotes Dependent
Jul 10, 2011
Just wanted to mention that Josh's annual 33% off sale has begun, and will continue on his website through this weekend only. Your chance to get a discount, support his worthy work (Yeah for us Oregonians !) and put your money directly into his pocket without a middleman taking their cut.

The Slumberhouse site can be a bit cranky at times, so give it time to rest a little if it doesn't come up the first time.
 

Fhaoilgeal

Basenotes Junkie
Jun 21, 2011
Just ordered Pear+Olive and Rume.
Two ends of the spectrum and I think two of Josh's best sellers. :happy:
 

Brian_Towers

It's all about the drydown!
Basenotes Plus
Aug 3, 2010
Grev is extremely similar to Jil Sander for Men, probably because of the cloves, mint and cedar, but less sharp, more wearable and interesting at the same time, that keeps getting better in the drydown, my favorite in the line.


Kere is just a crazy composition, has this fruity sweet notes mixed with dark realistic curry spices and lasts forever on clothes, no kidding there.

Sova it's a better experiment than Kere, both spicy and sweet, but not my cup of tea either.

Jeke has this really interesting drydown, nothing surprising, just the notes listed, but unfortunately is not of the long lasting ones :(


Vikt and Norne have better reviews than anything I can come up with, both good in their own way, but prefer Norne.

Rume seems to be the base for an unfinished perfume (at least the sample I got) and by itself doesn't appeal at all to me.

EDIT: the unlabeled yellow one seems to be Pear & Olive, I get a strong Secretions Magnifiques vibe, which is awful, mix with fruity sharp sweetness, just meh for me.
 
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Birdboy48

Basenotes Dependent
Jul 10, 2011
If there was a price increase, suspect it's a supply and demand thing. He's such a small operation that if he can get more, more power to him, is what I say.
 

Quiptos

Basenotes Junkie
Oct 14, 2010
Got a sample of this in a split as a bonus, only spent about 10 minutes with it because we were about to go to some friends house and it was heavy duty.

At first blast I smelled like a jar of cloves sitting in a campfire? I don't see cloves in the notes but I swear its the closest thing I have smelled to it. Maybe even a clove cigarette, interesting but not sure I can pull that off.
 

RunSun

Super Member
Oct 12, 2012
Couldn't resist getting bottles of Norne and Vikt with the discount, only thru sheer willpower was I able to resist buying his entire line
 

Birdboy48

Basenotes Dependent
Jul 10, 2011
I'm still sort of curious as to just how much his fragrances have changed as a result the reformulations he does. I have a number of of samples from the group of samples he sent out a year or so ago, and I get the sense that they may not be proper references anymore. I know the sample of Grev that I have can't possibly be like what's out now, and I suspect many of the others have been tweeked as well.

But all for the better, is what I'm more than willing to believe.

Now....where's that new iteration of Brosse that I thought was supposed to show up this Fall ? A number of us received samples of it last fall, but I'm not sure if it was actually released as something a person could purchase. Very interesting stuff for sure, but perhaps an idea that's been rolled into some of the newer formulations.

P.S. In this day and age, how many perfumes come out which have been reformulated so they are better than they were before ?

Gotta love that idea.
 

Akahina

Basenotes Dependent
Jun 9, 2011
You are correct and I never thouught about how the reformulations Josh does improve the fragrances. That is the way it should be when one cares about what they are doing. Very un-corporate, un-selfish and very honest artistically. I can only thank Josh for helpiing Keep Portland Weird.

Everyone should go to his website today before it is too late tp take advantage of this sale and buy something. And no I do not work fo Josh and have no affiliation at all.
 

Tonyprince

Basenotes Dependent
Jan 1, 2007
I'm still sort of curious as to just how much his fragrances have changed as a result the reformulations he does. I have a number of of samples from the group of samples he sent out a year or so ago, and I get the sense that they may not be proper references anymore. I know the sample of Grev that I have can't possibly be like what's out now, and I suspect many of the others have been tweeked as well.

But all for the better, is what I'm more than willing to believe.



Now....where's that new iteration of Brosse that I thought was supposed to show up this Fall ? A number of us received samples of it last fall, but I'm not sure if it was actually released as something a person could purchase. Very interesting stuff for sure, but perhaps an idea that's been rolled into some of the newer formulations.

P.S. In this day and age, how many perfumes come out which have been reformulated so they are better than they were before ?

Gotta love that idea.

I read somewhere that he created Brosse while on hallucinogens, so it may not be that easy to recreate. I have a small sample of it and it's a very interesting fragrance. I've been waiting to see if it ever comes out, too. I think he did say somewhere that he was working on another batch, but that it takes a while because he intentionally "damages" some ingredient(s) with harsh light.
 

Unifex

Super Member
Mar 25, 2011
Received the sample set last week, loved Jeke, Norne and Vikt, have just ordered bottles of them from the Sale page this weekend.

Really didn't like Grev - one note clove dominates.

Still have Rume and Kere to try, but am happy with what I've ordered.

I'd say the reviews of V, N and J are spot on, given what I was able to smell on myself, and am looking forward to wearing them on a regular basis.
 

Kybid

Basenotes Dependent
Dec 24, 2011
I want to pull the trigger on Norne, especially at the discounted price, but from what I have read about it, people compare it to Polo Green, and I'm not a huge fan of Polo Green. So, for those of you who know...is it really like Polo Green or is it that people don't really know how else to describe it? From the description of the notes I feel like I would really like it, and I don't know how those notes would add up to a Polo Green smell, but if it does then it's not for me. Can anyone help me out here? Thanks in advance.

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I want to pull the trigger on Norne, especially at the discounted price, but from what I have read about it, people compare it to Polo Green, and I'm not a huge fan of Polo Green. So, for those of you who know...is it really like Polo Green or is it that people don't really know how else to describe it? From the description of the notes I feel like I would really like it, and I don't know how those notes would add up to a Polo Green smell, but if it does then it's not for me. Can anyone help me out here? Thanks in advance.
 

Tonyprince

Basenotes Dependent
Jan 1, 2007
I want to pull the trigger on Norne, especially at the discounted price, but from what I have read about it, people compare it to Polo Green, and I'm not a huge fan of Polo Green. So, for those of you who know...is it really like Polo Green or is it that people don't really know how else to describe it? From the description of the notes I feel like I would really like it, and I don't know how those notes would add up to a Polo Green smell, but if it does then it's not for me. Can anyone help me out here? Thanks in advance.

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I want to pull the trigger on Norne, especially at the discounted price, but from what I have read about it, people compare it to Polo Green, and I'm not a huge fan of Polo Green. So, for those of you who know...is it really like Polo Green or is it that people don't really know how else to describe it? From the description of the notes I feel like I would really like it, and I don't know how those notes would add up to a Polo Green smell, but if it does then it's not for me. Can anyone help me out here? Thanks in advance.

I don't think it smells like Polo at all. Norne is smoother, more camphorous, more genuinely woodsy. I think the only reason anyone would compare the two is because they are both pine-related. If the notes make it sound like something you'd like, you probably will. It's great. Have you read the reviews in the directory?
 

Kybid

Basenotes Dependent
Dec 24, 2011
I don't think it smells like Polo at all. Norne is smoother, more camphorous, more genuinely woodsy. I think the only reason anyone would compare the two is because they are both pine-related. If the notes make it sound like something you'd like, you probably will. It's great. Have you read the reviews in the directory?

Thanks for the response...I have read the reviews in the directory, I've been reading what people have been saying in the forums also and they have related it to Polo Green and it just hasn't made sense to me because the notes don't seem like they would smell like it at all. Smoother, more camphor's, and genuinely woodsy sounds great to me. I really do think I would like it. Thanks for your words.
 

Buysblind

Basenotes Institution
Jan 21, 2011
Thanks for the response...I have read the reviews in the directory, I've been reading what people have been saying in the forums also and they have related it to Polo Green and it just hasn't made sense to me because the notes don't seem like they would smell like it at all. Smoother, more camphor's, and genuinely woodsy sounds great to me. I really do think I would like it. Thanks for your words.


Kybid, I really don't like Polo Green at all and I love Norne. I find them nothing alike other than maybe a vague piney resemblance. But a couple notes in common don't necessarily make two fragrances similar. You're safe with Norne as long as you're expecting something powerfully coniferous. Deep, robust, dense and just a little bit smokey. All natural and completely uncompromising.
 

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